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There's an ongoing debate in this country over whether religion is under attack.
In Florida there is an amendment now on the November ballot that would pave the way for government to fund religious institutions.
Opponents say the amendment violates the separation of church and state Douglas Kennedy is in our New York City -- Good morning -- -- hey patty and almost every one believes discriminating on the basis of religion is wrong.
But does that mean taxpayers should have to pay for someone else's religious education.
One rabbi in Florida says no.
-- -- -- -- been a rough coming in Mazar rabbi Merrill Shapiro believes in religious education what you don't believe in is paying for someone else's religious education.
It exactly nor should anyone be forced.
Into paying for someone else's religious education and that's exactly what he says every -- here will be forced to do -- Florida passes the so called religious freedom amendment.
Shapiro claims the ballot measure is a smokescreen.
Designed solely to -- a band.
-- taxpayer funded.
Now it's called religious freedom what you say it will lead to government paying for religious services and ultimately Muslims will be paying for Catholic education Catholics will be paying for Hindu education.
Hindus will -- paying to educate Buddhist.
He says Florida should play no role at all in religious education.
Steve pre court disagrees.
Calling -- discriminatory.
It's discriminatory because those faith based organizations are not allowed to compete.
A level playing field pretty court is -- state -- and a spokesman for the yes on eight campaign.
He says education is a marketplace.
And that religious schools need to be treated the same as nonreligious schools they shouldn't.
Telling a group that just because your faith based organization.
You cannot participate in the market supporters of this amendment say you are discriminating.
Against religious groups barring them.
From doing what non religious groups can -- yeah that's because we have separation of church and state in this country.
He says secular groups can use tax dollars but religious groups need to be kept separate.
That's it from here patting him back to -- -- Douglas Kennedy thank you.
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